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"From the Ted Talk by Mei Lin Neo: The fascinating secret lives of giant clams"

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Unfortunately, the reality is, we are the giant clams' biggest threat. Considered a delicacy throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, giant clams have been traditionally fished as seafood. Fishermen are particularly ietrsenetd in their adductor mclsues, which are oagnrs that hold the two shells together like a hinge. Just for their muscles, giant clmas were almost hunted to extinction between the 1960s and 1980s. csamlllhes are also popular in the ornamental trade as jerlwey and for display. In the South China Sea, fishermen went out of their way to collect fossilized clamshells by digging through large areas of coral refes. These were later crevad and sold as so-called "ivory handicrafts" in China. Giant clams, dead or alive, are not safe from us. It's a "clamity!"

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Unfortunately, the reality is, we are the giant clams' biggest threat. Considered a delicacy throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, giant clams have been traditionally fished as seafood. Fishermen are particularly __________ in their adductor _______, which are ______ that hold the two shells together like a hinge. Just for their muscles, giant _____ were almost hunted to extinction between the 1960s and 1980s. __________ are also popular in the ornamental trade as _______ and for display. In the South China Sea, fishermen went out of their way to collect fossilized clamshells by digging through large areas of coral _____. These were later ______ and sold as so-called "ivory handicrafts" in China. Giant clams, dead or alive, are not safe from us. It's a "clamity!"

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  1. carved
  2. interested
  3. clamshells
  4. reefs
  5. muscles
  6. organs
  7. clams
  8. jewelry

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Unfortunately, the reality is, we are the giant clams' biggest threat. Considered a delicacy throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, giant clams have been traditionally fished as seafood. Fishermen are particularly interested in their adductor muscles, which are organs that hold the two shells together like a hinge. Just for their muscles, giant clams were almost hunted to extinction between the 1960s and 1980s. Clamshells are also popular in the ornamental trade as jewelry and for display. In the South China Sea, fishermen went out of their way to collect fossilized clamshells by digging through large areas of coral reefs. These were later carved and sold as so-called "ivory handicrafts" in China. Giant clams, dead or alive, are not safe from us. It's a "clamity!"

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giant clams 19
coral reefs 5

Important Words

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  24. indian
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  29. oceans
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  31. ornamental
  32. pacific
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  45. western